October 01, 2012

Stair Makeover with Annie Sloan Paint

The nice people at Annie Sloan sent me some paint to try out.  I was really excited because I had heard great things about her paints.  Like I mentioned, I tried it out on a really small project first (the napkin holder) before making my move to the stairs.

The stairs have been on my list for a while.  Here's the story.  The previous owner had someone stain them.  They used a gel stain and it was coming off and chipping everywhere.  You can't just add more gel stain and you can't really do anything but strip it.  I thought I'd strip the wood and refinish it, but as I stripped it I realized that they used different types of wood and it wouldn't all stain the same.  So, paint became my only option. 

I tried out the Chateau Gray and the Old White and went with the white in the end.  I love the look of the gray, but it matched the carpet too much.  The white matched all the beadboard in the room, which worked for me.

I spent a lot of time stripping the wood, but it still wasn't stripped really well.  It was weird because you could scratch off the gel stain with your fingernail, but the stripper didn't do much.  The Annie Sloan paint is supposed to be great for things that you don't want to sand or strip,  so I gave it a shot.

It feels pretty similar to regular paint as you brush it on.  Here's one coat.  It did two everywhere and then three in some places that still needed it.

Painting stairs is incredibly annoying.  There's a lot to paint around and there's no way to keep all your brush strokes going the same direction.  However, I didn't worry about it too much because I knew that the Annie Sloan paint sands down really well.  So I sanded between coats so that you couldn't really see the brush strokes anymore.  After you sand it's just like a pile of chalk dust.  The more you sand, the more coats you need, but not having brush marks was important to me.

After all the painting was done it was time for the wax.

The consistency is a little thicker than pudding.  It's softer than other wax I've used, but it's used the same way.  I rubbed it on with a cloth and then rubbed it again to take off any excess wax.  It takes the paint from feeling chalky to feeling like it has a harder, waxy coating.  It protects the paint from chipping and it doesn't yellow the paint like polyurethane.  I really liked the wax.

It doesn't change the color of the paint, but it brings it out - like putting lotion on your legs.  (I know that's a weird analogy, but that's the best way I can explain it.)

So now instead of this....

....we have this.

Over the last two years we've changed the carpet, wall color, and now the stairs.  I love the calm, cool, openness of the lighter colors.  (My mom gave me the square metal shelf for my birthday.  It was from TJ Max.)  The subway art is in a different location now.

And here's the look as you enter.  (If you're wondering what the armoire thing is you can read about it HERE and see it repainted HERE.)


So, I really liked the Annie Sloan paint and I would use it again.  It would be awesome for a piece of furniture that you want to distress, too.  You can find it and watch a great video about it HERE.  You can find retailers for it HERE.  You can also find workshops about it HERE.

Thanks for dropping in.

- Have you ever tried these Honey Lime Enchiladas HERE?  They are crazy good.  I alter the recipe a tad to make it healthier, but it's so good.  I need to make them again.

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